Press: Czech ambassador killed in Pakistan blast died saving the wounded

22-09-2008

The Czech ambassador killed in a terrorist attack in Islamabad on Saturday died helping the wounded escape the fire that followed the blast, the newspaper Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday. Ambassador Ivo Žd’árek could have fled the Marriott Hotel where the bomb exploded just after the attack, but rushed back in to help pull people to safety, the daily said citing an eyewitness. Jaroslav Kalfiřt, the Czech Embassy’s second in command, said the ambassador answered his phone five minutes after the blast and said he was safe. Five minutes later, however, Mr Žd’árek called back asking to be rescued. At least 53 people died and more than 260 were injured after a suicide attacker drove a truck filled with explosives into the hotel’s security gates on Saturday evening.